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Old 08-17-2019, 07:22 AM
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Hit by a deer this morning...

On my way to Downtown Flint for Back to the bricks... Less then a half mile from the house. Two bucks running hard out of a cornfield right alongside the road. JUST missed the first one, the second one ran right into the side of the right front fender.
Police report and a claim in to Hagerty and we will see how this goes...






I will be looking for a fender and trim if anyone has them laying around.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:02 AM
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What kind of car is it? Police for a deer?

Let me be the one who says ...

That'll buff out.

What rotten luck. All for two bucks. I wish you a smooth and speedy repair, he got you good. Hope he at least has a limp.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:45 AM
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Ouch...I feel for you.
A deer ran into the side of my pickup last winter. Its just my DD, so not that big of a deal, but still pi##es you off. I banged it out with a bit of filler. I'm not a great body man, so it's a 20 footer now.....lol
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:41 AM
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What kind of car is it? Police for a deer?

Let me be the one who says ...

That'll buff out.

What rotten luck. All for two bucks. I wish you a smooth and speedy repair, he got you good. Hope he at least has a limp.
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'56 Chevy 2 door wagon. Yes, police for a deer. Having a police report is a good idea here in Michigan. Hagerty should take care of me and they did have a question on their claim form for if police were called...
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AFAIK here in Ny you are supposed to file a report with LEO as well for Deer. Insurance does not like it if there wasn't a report filed

At least it's a pretty easy fix
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:52 AM
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If your fender is solid, I would look for a good metal body person and have it pushed back out. Most vintage fenders you find will have rust, maybe a lot. Yours won't be perfect, but should get back to just a skim coat.

I had a deer run into the right front fender on my Pete years ago, 6 MONTHS after I bought the hood new, due to a crash. I know the feeling of anger for that deer. I got out of my truck and started chasing it into the woods...of course, it got away before I could strangle it...
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'56 Chevy 2 door wagon. Yes, police for a deer. Having a police report is a good idea here in Michigan. Hagerty should take care of me and they did have a question on their claim form for if police were called...
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I didn't know. They have not managed to get me yet. Slow car. Yours I just can't quite make out what it is for sure but no matter, I don't have it. I think I would let the adjuster do the fender finding and pricing headache stuff, then when settled go shopping for a metal man. I have fixed stuff that looks like that several times. Plus what TMP said about rust.

I hope you went ahead to the meet with a war wound, might be good for an award via sympathy.

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If your fender is solid, I would look for a good metal body person and have it pushed back out. Most vintage fenders you find will have rust, maybe a lot. Yours won't be perfect, but should get back to just a skim coat.

I had a deer run into the right front fender on my Pete years ago, 6 MONTHS after I bought the hood new, due to a crash. I know the feeling of anger for that deer. I got out of my truck and started chasing it into the woods...of course, it got away before I could strangle it...
I say a deer never hit me but in my 72 SS when I was 18 or 19 it was either a dog or deer that plowed the grille and bumper. All I saw was a blur but my reaction was same. Can't wring a blur's neck. The world including deer, is just cruel to shiny things.
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Old 08-17-2019, 04:24 PM
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Thanks guys, I can probably get it bumped out myself, I do stuff like this as well, it's just been awhile.
I see lots of "skim coats" already popped on the fender. I will have to wait for Hagerty to make a decision before I strip it down to bare metal to check out the condition.
The fender seems pretty solid so, if I can fix it, I will.
The funny thing is I was planning to pull the front clip off this winter anyway to some major stripping and painting to the inners, replace the bobbed splash shield and do some much needed sheet metal alignment. guess what I will be doing this winter...
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Old 08-17-2019, 05:54 PM
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Your car is Beautiful and it hurts to look at that damage, hope it all works out for you.
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Usually the declared value companies are VERY good and fast with this type of claim. I hope yours will be swift and just also.



On my way to a car show in Mayhill, NM this morning when a deer bolted in front of me. This is a known playground for deer and elk and always at the ready early in the morning BUT it happens so fast it's just luck you don't hit one.
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Yup, there was not a thing I could have done. It was instantaneous.
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Deer are sweet critters, but INCREDIBLY STOOPID.

Tasty too.

To bad you are not eating some venison tonight.

I hope you get your car fixed to your satisfaction as well.

In high school , my best bud and I also got hit by a deer.It caved in the drivers side of the car. I lived in Big Rapids at the time.
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Could have been alot worse. Good job keeping it on the road.

Always a good idea to get the police involved with a deer strike. Our state is rather high for insurance. But if your paying for full or amount coverage you might as well get your moneys worth.

Hagerty has several little rules which I don't agree with for what they charge. Grew up doing my own body work and I have no issue with driving something classic from March into December.

Something like that I would be looking for a new fender. Might want to throw out a thread on a brand specific forum to find what actually fits and require the least amount of "modification".

I can't tell from those pictures if the hood has been hit or if the fender was pushed back. Trim can push all the way down a body if it is hit right.

Stuff happens. It will be ready soon enough to get in a few more shows before the snow flies.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:44 AM
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It looks like the whole clip was pushed to the left. The hood gap is non-existent on the hit side and it is opened up on the right side. Like it was shoved over and then didn't spring back...
Hood at the front.

Hood at the rear is popped up and won't go down... And you can see where the paint is chipped at the door and cowl.

It doesn't look that bad until you start "looking" at it...
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I will have to wait for Hagerty to make a decision before I strip it down to bare metal to check out the condition....
Mark
keep us updated on your progress with haggerty, always good to know how they react
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